Ideas & Inspiration for The Stars Beneath Our Feet

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It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
His path isn’t clear—and the pressure to join a “crew,” as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world. 
David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.


  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardWINNER 2018

  • Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Master ListNOMINEE 2018

  • ALA Notable Children’s BookSELECTION 2018

  • ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant ReadersSELECTION 2017

  • Boston Globe Best Book of the YearSELECTION 2017

  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children’s and TeensSELECTION 2018

  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best BooksSELECTION 2017

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s BooksSELECTION 2017

  • New York Times Notable Book of the YearSELECTION 2018

  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the YearSELECTION 2017

  • Publishers Weekly Flying Start AuthorSELECTION 2017

  • Shelf Awareness – Best ChildrenÂ’s & Teen Books of the YearSELECTION 2017

  • Time Magazine Best ChildrenÂ’s Books of the YearSELECTION 2017

  • Virginia Capitol Choices Award ListSELECTION 2018

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About the suggested projects:
The Stars Beneath Our Feet is a coming of age tale of a teenage boy overcoming his grief and resisting the temptation of violence through his artistic construction of a LEGO city.  Build individual LEGO projects or construct a LEGO city as a group.